Installing SUSE

Installing SUSE

Summary: Several photos and comments on installation of OpenSUSE 10.2 on my laptop.


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  • When SUSE asks you what you want to update, just take all of the updates by right-clicking and choosing "All in This List." Now go get that cup of coffee.

  • This applies any changes you make in the software update tool; this is true even after the install is fully complete.

  • SUSE actually looks for the fastest server from which to download your updates.

Topics: Software, Open Source

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  • You can right-click on the button and select the KDE start menu instead.

  • Bonita pero sosa

    Bonita descripci?n del proceso de instalaci?n, pero bastante floja, se hubiera tenido el mismo resultado si solo comentabamos "siguiente, siguiente, siguiente "

    La instalaci?n no es tan asi cuando quieres preservar tu sistema operativo, o cuando tu red no tiene el dhcp por defecto.

    De todos modos el OpenSuse 10.2, esta bastante maduro, y me impresiono aun mas de lo que lo hizo su predecesor Suse 6 hace ya 5 a?os.

    Habria que mencionar que la flaqueza del OpenSuse esta en su instalador de paquetes (yast2), parece que la tendencia ya no esta yendo por la generaci?n de RPMs.
    • A quick translation/paraphrase

      Google translator gave me the gist of raphael's post. I won't include the actual translation since even Google's language tool isn't perfect, but raphael actually made some good points.

      To paraphrase, it's a pretty description, but a bit loose and vague. I made a lot of assumptions, including that users would have DHCP and would not want to preserve their old OS. However, SUSE seems very mature and he is impressed. He also noticed that SUSE seems to be getting away from the generation of RPMs in its installer (Yast).

      He is correct on all points. I took a pretty high level approach since the series of articles to which this relates on really are directed at new users. Hopefully more advanced users can still make use of this for training, while others who might be considering a switch can get a glimpse of what they're in for.

      Thanks for the comment...

      Chris Dawson

    Does Suse support Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN network card?

    I'm looking for a linux distro that can be easily setup on an HP PAVILION DV6000...does anyone know of one?
    • Sort of...

      The instructions are here:

      Unfortunately, since they are not open source, you have to jump through some serious hoops.

      BTW, these images are from my HP Pavilion 9000T, but I have the intel wireless.

  • seaplanebase

    Yes, people it's time to wake up.
    After having tried many many distributions over the last 6 years, it was openSuse 10.2 where I settled even after testing more.

    What with setting up multi-media and virtual machines on all the various distros and looking for solutions and answers on them, openSuse from a newbie stand point is less complicated and more friendly. The support is less esoteric, you're not told over and over again to RTFM the answers are definitely less ambiguous and the group (users) are more helpful.

    One has to consider other factors when choosing a "new" operating system beyond how it looks and behaves, what if you have a problem, how easy is it to find answers, do you have to pay for support do you have a choice. I'm sure if anyone reading this, thinks back a couple of years working with less than friendly installations of Debian or Red Hat and looking for answers only finding the remarks - read, read , read as the solution to the question being asked. That used to be the solution to any problem encountered in say 1984 when people made a lot of money in the mystique of computers.

    Hopefully we've moved on and have become less aloof about what we know, even in the early days my small business made more by informing my customers so THEY wanted more and appreciated not being kept in the dark.

    I prefer to help people rather than baffle them, it's harder on the ego but infinitely more satisfying and even a company that I cursed in the early days, Novel seems to be on the right track and Suse is a good start.

    P.S. For anyone that knows, and anyone that sweat by "glass" check out Ruby, talk about cool.
  • I noticed some things....

    A LOT of coffee was suggested as you were obviously installing this late in the evening...over TWO [i]dates[/i]. Just how long did it take to do this particular install?

    AND how does one set up a dual boot system preserving their existing OS?

    Can you do a pictoral of what 'cruising' around [b]IN[/b] SUSE looks like sometime in the near future?
    • Late at night and bandwidth-dependent

      Sorry, I'm from Seattle - there's never a time when one shouldn't have a cup of coffee in hand. However, this install was also done in pieces. I took some time pictures, had dinner, got the kids to bed, etc., before I wrapped up. By the time all was said and done, it was well into early morning the next day before I was up and running.

      The longest part actually was the online updates. This process wouldn't be quick, regardless, but I've been having problems with my cable modem recently and don't have the bandwidth to which I've become accustomed.

      I will cover dual-boot next week sometime and will post an image gallery from OpenSUSE Monday. Good suggestions.

      Chris Dawson
      • Thanks for such a quick response!...

        No need for apologies, GEEZE! ;) As a n00b to Linux I just wondered how long it took that particular flavor to install. I have PCLinuxOS 2007 and Kubuntu 7.04 on bootable cds. I've only had them for about a month now with litte time to try to really get into the guts of them, although I've used them both to get on the net.

        I have a cable modem, too so I know how tempermental they can be. On a hand full of occasions in the last decade I've had to have the cable company ping one to see that it's borked so I can exchange it for a new one.

        ANYWAY, eventually I want to dual boot with one of those two flavors to do everything with that I don't absolutely HAVE to have Windoze to do. At that, I'm going to learn how to do without Windoze altogether some day. That's why I asked.

        BTW: the bit about the coffee was really raspberry juice being sprayed your way! I don't partake of caffeine; it wires me too much! LOL! :^0 Therefore, I found all the coffee breaks amusing. Hey, do you remember the Garfield cartoon where Garfield wakes up on the wrong side of his bed and scrrrreams "COFFEE!!!"????? That was in the KC Star YEARS ago. I had it posted on the fridge for my late hubby...LOL ]:)
    • Install Time

      Depends on hardware and install media. In general, it takes me about an hour to set up a fresh machine including patching and setting up initial user environment, then about another 10 minutes to set up all the restricted packages for media/dvd/mp3 playback.
      If setting up a server, it is shorter as you tend to only install the packages you want and is often on very generic hardware. Desktops and laptop tend to be a little tricker. Takes about the same amout of time to install as Windows Vista. However if you are doing two or three the same, then you just tell the system to make a config file at the end of the install, then your next install can use the file to install exactly the same way without asking questions, or you can attach the drive for the second machine and duplicate the install using a "dd" command (disk duplicate - can do a block level copy like ghost does, but it's free and part of the OS)
      Preserving the OS is easy, if you dont have free space on the drive, it will ask to shrink the detected NTFS or FAT partitions to create room, but I have found a couple of times that the partitions can't shrink them and the install bombs, but the original partitions aare still OK. You can always install a second HDD very weasily and install on that. The boot loader will know where each OS is on the disk. the "/" partition doesnt have to be on the primary drive, just the bootloader. SATA makes this much easier than with the older Primary/Secondary IDE channel Master/Slave jumper setup.
  • That Matches My Experience!

    I installed SUSE as a server at work, using an old, otherwise useless, PC. It installed just this easily and works flawlessly. The hard part was selecting the additional software to build the server with. There are just too many choices and, in all cases, the price was right. I replaced an ailing RISC-6000, gave my users a speed advantage and saved the organization money. They will save even more when they sell that old RISC-6000 for parts.
    Jalapeno Bob
    • Suse was a dream

      For me suse was a dream. I had gone through m/y distros on my laptop but for various reasons none of them worked especially with wifi. Ubuntu has the worst wifi ever and dont even get me started about wpa. Suse has the BEST wifi!!!

      so far ive installed it on my laptop (first), a remote server shortly there after, and just yesterday on my desktop. Ive had many different experiences and one of them is to ditch yast as fast as you possibly can and get smart. Smart is the best, fastest, and simplest package manager.

      suse is alright for servers. Yast is pretty good server wise especially when mangung the firewall. Once again DITCH yast and zen for smart.

      but my best experience was yesterday.

      i have a windows desktop and was considering going with linux instead. The cool thing about suse is how it makes dual booting so frikin easy. My intent wasnt even to dual boot because i read so many articles about how difficult it is.

      suse did everything for me without me lifting a finger. It shrinked the windows part o
  • Radeon X-1600 on OpenSuSe 10.4

    Hi to all,
    I have tried to use 10.4 open version, the same boards of instaling like 10.2, but got one little problem it was VESA VGA Driver, whitchone is the onlyone and default for the all Radeons x-1xxx. I have asked Suse providers also ATI providers how to make the VGA work... answer from Suse was: ATI aren't realised driver.... ATI answer: we never realise driver for the 10.4 Suse, use older version.... So what needs to do....? bought Vista and angain I'm microsft user... it sucks...
    If anyone have ideas how to resolve problem With radeon X-1600(mobile) post to e-mail: ty to all readers
  • Would have been cheaper to replace the video card.

    Bought Vista Home Premium for my Father-in-law and cost over NZ$500 (and MS verification claimed my copy was bogus/pirated for the first two times I attempted to register)
    A new Nvidia card with much better desktop graphics support in Suse (and most other 'nixes I guess) only costs NZ$85

    My rule of thumb - choose the software that does the job, choose the OS that runs that software the best, then buy hardware to run that OS the best.

    Doing it this way I always have happy clients, and reliable gear and good support from the vendors.

    Would I attempt to run Active Directory and Exchange 2003 under lunux? No, just like I would run bind, syslog daemons, apache, sendmail etc on Linux, even though Win32 binaries exist for most of these apps, they are more common on 'nix, and issues and configurations better documented.
    • Addendum

      Just to add to this for the gamers our there, if you want to play games, buy and Xbox/360/PS3.
      If you want a media player, buy an orginal xbox and chip it and run XBox Media Centre (I really wish this one could come out as MS signed code for everyone else to run unmodifed). Better value than just about any other tv-top PC out there. A local supplier here sells them for NZ$300 already chipped 8)
  • RE: Like the Windows Start button, but better (Installing SUSE)

    I have used Suse10.1 for years but recently installed Ubuntu with manual KDE installed on my Desktop and Kubuntu on my HP laptop. I love K/Ubuntu and found it to be very stable and works great with wifi. However I did have to purchase a usb wireless adapter(only $30+tax)(Laptop built in wifi not supported yet)..I choose the BELKIN usb brand and works great..K/Ubuntu I my self prefer Ubuntu over Vista, one reason is much of my older software does not run in Vista and if I am going to deal with out those software then I will do so with a more stable and secure operating system such as Linux..Both my systems are dual boot and I do have XP running as second operating system for some needed apps and games..For productive business needs Linux is my first choice...

    Stephen V Kochjar Jr